QUEST MALL, KOLKATA
Quest Mall is not only an eco-friendly mall but also a green mall with a platinum rating. This means it has everything required to stay ahead of other malls in the region. While the design was a constraint to start with, the mall management worked with it to get the best out of it. The design is unique and includes elements like in lighting at all the counters. The counters themselves are symmetrical. There is also a seating plan over glass floors along with an open area which is at the roof of the mall. Sanjeev Mehra, VP, Quest Properties India Limited, highlights the fundamental points to create a world class mall. They are:
Remember you are building a mall not a mausoleum i.e. you want people to come again and again, so build it right the ͤrst time. You can always keep tweaking it from time to time. Get subject matter experts. The right architects with the right designers with right MEP are critical.
Know who you are building the mall for. Do not go for something which you saw in America and expect it to work in India. Each community is very different and behaves very differently, therefore socio-economic factors and bonds between people often deͤne community spaces and behaviour of how the money should be spent.
The size of the mall and its location are critical and deͤning factors as future plans and strategies are based on these. The designing and architecture of Quest Mall was done by RTKL (London). The graphic concept was developed by ID 8 Environmental, also they had Bliss Fasman Inc. as Lighting Concept Consultants, Sqft Consulting as Retail Consultants, Agarwal & Agarwal as Project Architect, Cushman & Wakeͤeld as project management Consultant, GFK Mode as Consumer Research Consultant, SPA Consultants as Structural Engineer and Entask as Service Consultants. The mall was constructed by L&T.